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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are at an important turning point in the legislative session, when bills that originated in the Senate must pass out of the Senate today in order to continue to be considered. This newsletter is a summary of a few bills that I have been working on. Some are still working their way through the process, but all of them have led to important conversations and bipartisan collaboration over the past weeks. I am hopeful that anything that does not make it through this year has a good chance in the next legislative session.

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Final Legislative Update for 2015!

Final Legislative Update for 2015!

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for the opportunity to work for you in the state Senate, and appreciate the calls and emails I’ve been receiving from you throughout this busy fall.

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I’ve had a busy fall, highlighted by a few legislative visits to the sunny eastern side of the state to work more effectively building bridges on key policy areas. For Washington State to make progress on things like wildfire management and education funding, legislators need to better understand the issues as well as the local dynamics around possible solutions.

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Back to School Update from Senator Rolfes

Back to School Update from Senator Rolfes

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend! With my two daughters back at school, it sure seems like the summer is over. More School Work for the Legislature Although the school year has just begun, the Legislature already has a lot of homework related to our state’s public education system.

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End of Session Update from Senator Rolfes

End of Session Update from Senator Rolfes

Dear Friends and Neighbors, After 176 days, I am happy to report that the Washington State Legislature finally adjourned on July 10 – making dubious history as the longest session ever. Governor Jay Inslee signed the main operating budget on June 30, averting a government shutdown, and the Legislature stayed in session for an extra week to finalize the transportation and capital budgets and to discuss how we would address the voter-approved class size reduction initiative. 

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Legislative Update: Budgets, bill signings and more news

Legislative Update: Budgets, bill signings and more news

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As we come to the close of our second 30-day special session, I remain hopeful that a budget deal, which at a minimum offers a continuation of government services, will be signed by the Governor by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. I’ve heard from many people in our region concerned about the brinkmanship, particularly those anxious about their jobs, about programs that they manage, or grants that they hope to receive. As of today, there is general agreement on a basic level of spending that is not much different than this ...

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Legislative Update: Education, and the Gift of Life

Legislative Update: Education, and the Gift of Life

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As we near the close of our 105-day legislative session, the budget negotiations have temporarily stalled and we are likely to be heading into what is called a “special session.” During a special session, the Governor and budget negotiators continue to work together; budget committees meet to review and hold hearings on bills; and legislators attend on a rolling basis, as needed, until a resolution comes forth. Until this week, I have personally been optimistic about the differences between the House and Senate budgets being reconciled in time, and I remain hopeful that the ...

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Budget Update

Budget Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors, With less than a month to go in the 2015 legislative session, we are officially in budget writing mode. The House of Representatives passed their state operating budget this week, and the Senate Republicans are scheduled to do so next week. As final negotiations get underway, I would like to share with you some of the many similarities, and some key differences, between the two budgets.

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